In 2018, a trail-blazing group of professional writers left behind the Goliath world of publishing to form an independent publishing collective. The traditionally-published authors – formerly of Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Text – embraced the opportunities offered by the digital age by striking out in a pioneering new direction. Pilyara Press is their brain child.

Founded by best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar, Pilyara Press offers readers a diverse and distinctive range of books that all have one thing in common – they are page-turners.

Joining forces with authors Sydney Smith, Kate Belle and Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer says Pilyara Press is a galvanising new vision of how publishing can be done.

‘We’re a bunch of professionals,’ says Jennifer. ‘As well as our own particular brand of fiction, each of us brings a very specific talent to the group. I’m a former lawyer and know the ins-and-outs of publishing, Sydney is a recognised writing mentor and structural editor, Kate is a professional project manager, and Kathryn is a qualified editor and publicist.

‘Why are we doing this? We want to cast off the restrictions and compromise of the traditional publishing model. We want to access the global market through digital publishing on our own terms. We want control over what we write; we want to be true to our art. Without the commercial imperatives of corporate publishing, we can do that. Profit is not our bottom line.’

Pilyara – an indigenous word for Eagle – is the name of Jennifer’s family bushland property in Victoria, Australia, where she grew up.

‘The eagle represents the freedom and strength Pilyara Press adds to our new-found independence. Like the eagle, our books soar.’ 

Pilyara Press plans to expand its network in the future.
It is not currently accepting submissions.


Jennifer Scoullar -Publisher 
Jennifer is the font of all publishing knowledge. A former lawyer, Jen is a rocket when it comes to delivering on the technicalities of book production. 

Kathryn Ledson – Editor and publicist 
Kathryn is a multi-talented editing whizz, with years of experience in PR. She’s also the resident comic genius. 

Kate Belle – Project manager 
Kate Belle is our engine. She keeps us focused and helps direct the juggernaut that is Pilyara Press, balancing ruthless determination with infectious enthusiasm. 

Sydney Smith – Structural editor and proofreader 
Sydney Smith is the alchemist. She brings years of know-how and her laser-beam eye to the novels that land on her desk with a resounding thud.